Information & Communications Technology (ICT) in Schools

Digital Learning Framework for Schools

A new Digital Learning Framework for primary and post primary schools has been developed by the Department and will be available to all schools for the 2017/2018 school year. The implementation of the Framework will initially be trialled in a cross sectoral representative sample of approximately 30 primary and 20 post primary schools and the outcome of this trial will inform the national roll out of the Framework in September 2018.

The Digital Learning Framework represents one of the key supports envisaged under the Digital Strategy for Schools 2015-2020. In implementing the Digital Learning Framework, schools and teachers are given a structure which will allow them to identify where they are on the journey towards embedding digital technologies in teaching, learning and assessment, and enable them to progress in that journey.

The timeframe for submitting expressions of interest to participate in the trial of the Digital Learning Framework is now over. The list of schools that will be participating in the trial of the Digital Learning Framework can be found at: Schools participating in the trial of the Digital Learning Framework for Schools 2017-2018.

While the Framework will be available to all schools for 2017/18, only those schools selected to participate in the trial will receive intensive support and mentoring from fellow professionals. It is expected that the Framework will in due course be implemented across all schools and teacher education programmes.

Schools involved in the trial will have the opportunity to assist in developing this Framework, as part of overall Department policy, which will help to transform teaching and learning in Irish schools. Participating schools will receive specific inputs and supports to enable them to fully embrace the implementation of the Digital Learning Framework. This is also a valuable opportunity for the Department to gain knowledge and insight on teaching and learning using digital technologies, and to facilitate the implementation of the Digital Learning Framework across all schools. Please note the closing date for submission of expressions of interest was October 2nd, 2017.

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